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I started my TEFL journey in London by completing a weekend TEFL course. I never knew having tutoring jobs could take me to so many different places! All of these experiences have been very different but they were all equally fulfilling! The tutor was knowledgeable and informative and the course was really fun. I met people from all walks of life, many who wanted a change in career. The course gave me an insight into the teaching world which soon became my new life. It enabled me to travel all over the world and get paid for it!

My first job was in Peru. I worked for a private language school teaching young children (age 6 and over) as well as teaching adults at a basic and advanced level. It was challenging and nerve wracking but at the same time it was really rewarding, and I got to meet loads of people from all over the world. In my spare time i visited most of Peru! It was great. I went to Cusco and completed an exhausting but exhilarating 4 day walk to Machu Picchu. I boarded a cargo boat full of cows, monkeys, locals, food and hammocks for four days and sailed down the Amazon. There, I spent a month in the jungle with teachers I’s met previously. I visited Mancora, too – a beautiful beach in the north.

I worked in a small traditional town called Chachapoyas and lived in a mud hut. I got to eat great food (2 courses for a dollar) and their specialty there was Ostrich and Guinea pig…delicious! I drank and danced Salsa in clubs with the friendly locals, too. I am still in contact with students from there four years on!

The next leg of my adventure was Mexico City. I worked in a small town about half an hour from the centre. I taught in a private bilingual school. In Mexico, teachers can get amazing packages – we got a free house, free bills and a good wage on top of that. I also had breakfast and lunch for free every day at school! You can work at institutes in the evenings or private schools during the day. During my time there I saw cowboys roaming around the streets, made some really good friends in the city, enjoyed excellent shopping and of course the stunning surrounding landscape. I saw hundreds of pyramids and had lots of holidays – one of the perks of being a teacher. I visited Chiapas, the jungle area, and chilled out on the beaches of Cancun. I taught all day to what were mainly secondary students – 7:30 to 2:30 usually. This was an experience i will never forget. I love to teach now. All of these experiences have been very different but they were all equally fulfilling!

After this I decided to move back to Europe to be closer to home. I wanted to experience a different culture but speak Spanish, and live somewhere with a better climate than London. I therefore got a job in Barcelona. It’s a vibrant, exciting city with excellent shopping, beaches, bars, tapas and best of all sunshine nearly every day. I worked at a private language school in the evenings, so I had all day to enjoy the sun, go to the gym, plan my lessons and relax. Although teaching involves a lot of planning, when you’re going into work for 5 hours a day you can’t really complain. I taught English to children as young as 6, as well as to adults. There were loads of resources at the school and there was help there if I needed it at all times. The books we used were great and there were loads of extra materials which made the lessons far more enjoyable.

As you know, teachers get the summer off. During my year in Barcelona I visited Rome in December, England at Christmas, I had a weekend in Geneva, visited Portugal during Easter and then for the summer I travelled for two months around Malaysia, Bali and Thailand. I have just got back, but have decided that I want to live somewhere slightly less touristy. So, I have moved to Valencia. I start my new job soon and think that this may be the location I finally settle in.

There are loads of ways to find jobs once you get your TEFL certificate. Looking on websites like Dave’s ESL Café and can be very helpful, and TEFL England has a great job centre and lots of vacancies, so it’s easy. You choose your destination, look online, pack your bags and go! Anyone can do it; I met teachers in their twenties, thirties and fifties from New Zealand, Australia, England and America. I’ve made some really great friends.

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